The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 16, 2009
Morning reading: Public pensions, budgets, NY takes a shot at CA

If you haven't read it already, click here for our story on the results of a new Field Poll on local and state government pensions (and click here for a graphic that outlines a few of the polls highlights). The punchline? A majority of California voters think that current retirement benefits are about right or not good enough for current employees, but they don't think new hires should get the same deal.

Other stories that we've read this morning and put into The State Worker's "Recommended Links" list:

The editorial board of the New York Daily News calls for state lawmakers to make deep budget cuts, "Lest Albany become Sacramento on the Hudson, complete with IOUs and worker furloughs." Ouch.

States are just gearing up their budget machinery, and already there's talk of employee layoffs in Maryland and Iowa ...

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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